The winning works of this year’s IE Tobacco Free Art Competition are on display until July 10 at the Riverside Community Arts Association Gallery.
More than 140 young people from Riverside County entered the contest, designed to raise awareness of the risks of vaping and using other tobacco products, according to a press release.
Here are the winners in the three age categories of the contest.
In the 11-13 year old category, Cadence Romero, 13, from Riverside took first place. Bethany Tinsley, 13, took second and Cecilia Cadenas, 13, third. Both are from the Jurupa Valley.
In the 14-15 category, the first place winner is Aliyah Gonzalez, 14, from Corona. Yamilet Lopez-Lopez, 15, of Riverside, was second and Adessa Rigg, 14, of Murrieta, third.
In the 16-20 category, Megan Hsu, 20, from Riverside took first place. Andrew Nim, 16, of Eastvale was second and Ramon Salado, 16, of Desert Hot Springs, third.
The contest judges were artists and art educators from across the county, including Patrick Brien, executive director of the Riverside Arts Council.
Riverside Community Arts Association, at 3870 Lemon St., Riverside, is open from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
The IE Tobacco Free Art Competition was facilitated by Reach Out and Riverside County University Health Systems – Tobacco Control Project. Over 1,000 youth participated in the Tobacco Control Project through substance use prevention presentations, the art competition and the Youth Rising Against Tobacco and Vaping Summit.
For more information and to view the winning entries online, visit we-reachout.org/tobaccofree-main/.